Sunday, December 17, 2017
Public safety

Investigation ongoing into Sunday plane crash at Tampa Executive Airport

TAMPA — An investigation remained ongoing Monday into the cause of a fatal plane crash that happened Sunday at Tampa Executive Airport.

Investigators from both the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration were piecing together details of the accident, in which 53-year-old pilot Ki Leif Martin was killed. The actual cause of the crash has yet to be determined.

Witnesses reported that the Christen A-1 single-engine plane took off about 3:48 p.m. It reached an altitude of about 30 feet, then began to turn left before descending into a nose dive, aNTSB investigator Bob Gretz said Monday. There was no distress call.

A preliminary crash report would likely be complete later this week, Gretz said.

Martin, of Wimauma, was the only person aboard the plane when it crashed.

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